How To Start a Blog (for free!)
by: brit hutchings
Curious about how to start a blog? By now, it’s safe to assume you know what a blog is, but you’re unsure of how to start your blog. Starting a blog can leave you feeling clueless + confused. Have no fear (or doubt!), I’m here to help you set up your very first blog for free. My free instructional guide will show you how to simply create a blog that is user AND creator-friendly + hassle-free.
I started my blog and it soon opened doorways for me that I only dreamt of when I was younger. I really didn’t think that it was legit to make money from blogging. Some may even consider it “not a real job”. But it is, and I am here to show you how it’s possible.
When I went through my divorce, my daughters were still very young + I was working fulltime/overtime in the health field (even brought my babies to work with me on the 3rd shift because I didn’t always have a babysitter). I even added full-time schooling to my already overwhelmingly large plate. My difficult time drove me to get my sh*t together. The girls + I moved out of my parents + into our new home + it was just “us” for a while. Next was to quickly learn how to tightly manage my monthly bills (thanks mom, I owe ya!) since it was the first time being on my own as a newly single mom. Eventually, everything started to turn around. It HAD to because I was sick + tired of living “paycheck to paycheck” all on my own feeling stuck. I was terrified + dreaded having to pick and chose which bills were a top priority to pay + which ones to pay next paycheck. (Yup, that was me!) So, I did my research. A lot of research over some time. + decided it was time for a change. Now I have my own blog + I’m helping other single moms (+ all other mamas) start their blogging business just liked I did!
Listen, I get it. Starting a blog can seem intimidating and overwhelming. But this free guide is all about blogging for beginners + will teach you how to be a successful blogger WITH NO EXPERIENCE. Just basic computer skills + a strong passion for something that lights your soul on fire. Seriously. That’s. It.
Here’s a quick glance at what I’ll go over with you.
- Choosing a topic
- Deciding on a personal domain name
- Chose a hosting platform (required for blogging)
- Publish the first blog post.
In this blog, I will show you how to start a blog with WordPress and a hosting site through Bluehost. Don’t panic if you’re completely new to the blogging world (I was too!) + hear verbiage that makes you want to turn the other way- I will walk you through step-by-step so you can be well on your way to makin’ that money, honey!
Disclosure: BlueHost pays me when you purchase a hosting plan through my links, so my services are free of charge just for you. If you have any confusion or frustration, contact me and I will do it for you. For free. Cool, huh? 😊
Step 1: Pick a catchy blog name
The very first step to finding a catchy blog name is choosing your topic. Make sure it’s something you are passionate about and are able to provide content that will help the reader in some form of way.
If you’re feeling a little dazed + confused about choosing the perfect blog name, here are three different types of blogs:
- Hobbies & passions. Think about what your hobbies +other interests are. It can be anything such as cooking, cars, travel, beauty, parenting, or education. These are just some of the classic examples that should spark your brain.
- Life experiences. Everyone has life lessons they have gone through and by sharing your experience, it can be incredibly helpful to others in the same or similar situations. For example, I recently started a business for single mothers on how to learn + earn extra money on the side. I teach and inspire them to create their own blog + be a thriving blogger. Think about the things you have endured in life + how it can make a positive impact on someone else. (like a blog about being a stay at home mama), work (being a working mom or working single mom), or other life experiences (a blog about dealing with hardships like divorce, death, or an illness, and even happy events such as birth, marriage, adoption. The choice is wide open. If you’re thinking to yourself “but there’s already millions of blog about XYZ) Don’t let your mind get the best of you. Even though there are many blogs already out there, your own writing style and content are unique to you and you alone.
>> Once you have a strong professional topic it’s time to get into the good stuff.
Step 2: Get your #bossmom blog online
Now that you have your new professional-but-catchy domain name picked out, it’s time to get your blog online so it can be born. (You’ll eventually see what I mean by that, mamas.)
To get your money-making blog up + running you first need a blog host.
A blog host is a trusted company that stores all your blog files and delivers them to readers when they type in your blog name so you don’t have to do it. NOTE: You must have a blog host in order to have a blog.
People read blog sites to get a personal feeling on things they are currently experiencing + they want to leave feeling better, so most bloggers write in a very informal and conversational style. People like reading about life experiences and how to do something quick and easy.
*This post contains affiliate links. That means that Bluehost compensates me whenever you purchase a plan through my link at no extra cost to you. *
REGISTER YOUR DOMAIN NAME WITH BLUEHOST
I personally use BlueHost + I recommend them for any new bloggers because:
**When you click on the links in this post, you will get 60% off the NORMAL COST OF STARTING a blog for my special discount of $2.95 a month. **
>> They register your blog name for you for free + hassle-free, making it impossible for anyone else to steal your name.
>> They offer free + simple installation of the WordPress blogging software (which is what I will show you how to set up + use)
>> They have a 30-day money-back guarantee so if you are not happy for any reason at all you can get your money back.
To register your domain name on Bluehost, click my link to get started.
Next, click the “get started now”
Next, enter your new domain under the “new domain” box and click next.
Next, you’ll get the basic sign up set up. It will ask you for your general personal information (address, payment method so you can get paid for all your hard work) keep going until you reach this page
This is what I absolutely love about Bluehost. They make it cheap for you to essentially make bank. After a while, your blog will seriously pay for itself + then some. When I first started blogging, the whole “registering my domain name” was daunting to me because I presumed it would be expensive. I didn’t have expensive. I needed something very budget-friendly and Bluehost was the only company that didn’t require a 36 monthly payment upfront. However, if you prefer to pay upfront + not worry about a monthly payment, they do offer that option.
Once you have completed your payment, you’re going to want to sign in to your Bluehost account and download WordPress (don’t worry, it’s already paid for😉). Click the home button at the top left corner, scroll to the bottom of the page + click install WordPress.
Once it’s installed click “advanced options”
You’ll want to make sure that “Automatically create a new database for this installation” and “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2” are checked as well. Click “Install Now.”
Check your email + save the email from Mojo. It’s all of your super personal information so keep it tucked away in a safe spot for later just in case you may need it.
Now, log into your Bluehost dashboard and start browsing from 1,000’s of free themes. Customize them the way you want!
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT! + I am SO proud of you, mama. This page will show you step by step on how to post your first blog! They even have videos tutorials for all you visual learners out there. WordPress breaks it down so it’s easily understood. 😊 Remember, you’ve got this + feel free to contact me if you have ANY questions or need help.
I am here to guide you along the way.